Seventh-graders Katie Alexander and Will Lombardi rehearse scenes from Aladdin at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School on Monday, March 24, 2014.

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The Kyrene School District will be offering a variety of summer camps, promising a fun and education environment for every child.

Parents have the option of enrolling their child into Kyrene Kids Club, Kyrene Adventure Tours, Summer Community Theatre and Kyrene Summer Academy.

Kyrene Kids Club is for all ages for incoming first- and sixth-graders featuring weekly field trips, on-site events and daily enrichment clubs.

“When kids go to Kids Club they basically get a list of all the activities they can choose from. It’s almost reminiscent to signing up for college classes,” said Pete Flocken, who overseas the Kyrene Summer Academy. “In one day a kid can choose from eight different activities.”

Kyrene Kids Club will begin on Tuesday, May 27 and end on Friday, July 25 at Kyrene de la Colina and de la Esperanza elementary schools.

Families can register by week, for partial weeks, or as a wrap around for Kyrene Summer Academy. Most camps are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Kyrene Summer Academy

Kyrene Summer Academy focuses toward a more “educational environment,” where students are able to brush up on subjects such as reading, writing and math.

“It’s a really great combination of enrichment-fun classes and athletics, but it also has a lot of academics,” Flocken said. “So if you have a student that maybe needs a little bit of extra help… we have some classes where they can spend the summer getting to the proficiency levels they need to get to.”

Kyrene Summer Academy is broken out into two sessions, with the first session from June 2 to June 25, and session two June 30 to July 17.

The camp will be offered Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at Colina Elementary School, 13612 S. 36th St., and Kyrene Centennial Middle School, 13808 S. 36th St.

Kyrene Adventure Tours

Kyrene Adventure Tours focuses on a more “field trip-” based camp, where students will have the chance to attend different field trips from Kitt Peak, Butterfly Wonderland, Tonto Natural Bridge, Sedona’s Slide Rock, Prescott’s Heritage Park Zoo, Arcosanti, Montezumas Castle to Canyon Lake.

“It’s really for the more adventurous kid who wants to get out and do a lot more trips throughout the week,” Flocken said.

Kyrene Adventure Tours will be offered to incoming third- and sixth-graders at Centennial and Kyrene Aprende Middle School, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway.

Kyrene Adventure Tour will begin on Tuesday, May 27 and end on Friday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Community Theatre

Summer Community Theatre will also be offered to children, giving students the chance to blend their love for performing and learning the technical aspects of theater.

Students will work with a voice coach, learn choreography, how to apply stage makeup, costume design and be part of an “Aladdin Jr.” performance. Auditions will be at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, on Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Summer Community Theatre will be offered to incoming fourth- and ninth-graders at Aprende Middle School, 777 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., on Monday, June 2 until Thursday, June 26, from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Maura Kirby enrolled her son in Kyrene Summer Academy and Kyrene Kids Club, saying that the camps were both educational and fun for students.

“They have a great combination of both of those things. I also like the fact that the classes given were in one-hour increments,” she said.

Having the classes offered in one-hour increments allowed Kirby’s son to focus his attention in different areas of schooling, and kept his brain sharp over the summer break.

“It’s a great variety,” Kirby said. “He also has that time to be with his friends in a larger setting.”

For more information about the different camps offered by the Kyrene School District, visit

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